‘You’ll regret road humps’, Newbury Park residents told

Residents are being warned they will regret agreeing to have speed humps installed along their road.

Conservative Cllr Ruth Clark said she expected homeowners in Springfield Drive, Newbury Park, to make “loads of complaints” once the traffic calming humps are installed by Transport for London (TfL).

Proposals for a roundabout at the road’s junction with Denham Drive, along with at any time waiting restrictions and a pedestrian island, were given the thumbs-up at Thursday’s area committee four meeting in Sinclair House, Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge.

The works will be paid for by TfL as part of a 2011/12 road safety programme.

There were four accidents in Springfield Drive between March 2008 and February 2011.

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Just 27 per cent of the 268 homeowners in the road responded to a consultation.

But more than two thirds of those who did respond gave their backing to speed humps and the mini roundabout.

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Cllr Clark said: “All I wanted was a roundabout at the junction and yellow lines on the corners.

“What we’ve got is speed humps down the road.

“My residents want speed humps, so I will abide by that.”

She added: “They’re noisy. When they’re outside your house they’re unpleasant.

“We will end up getting loads of complaints from residents about the noise and they will want them removed.”

Labour Cllr Mike Figg said the speed humps could help tackle car crime in Springfield Drive.

And Conservative committee chairman Cllr Ashley Kissin said: “I’ve seen a speed hump save a child’s life.”

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